Hampton Roads’ First Robotic Arm Assisted Knee Resurfacing Procedure

Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital announced today that Anthony Carter, MD, FAAOS, orthopedic surgeon with Hampton Roads Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, has performed Hampton Roads’ first robotic arm assisted knee resurfacing procedure.  This lesser invasive treatment offers option for adults living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee.  MAKOplasty® is less invasive than traditional total knee surgery and offers the precision of a highly advanced, surgeon controlled robotic arm system, called RIO®.

MAKOplasty® potentially offers the following benefits as compared to a total knee replacement surgery:

  • Smaller incisions,
  • Less scarring,
  • Bone sparing,
  • Reduced pain,
  • Shorter hospitalization,
  • Quicker return to normal activities,
  • More precise implant placement resulting in less implant wear and loosening, and
  • Enhanced mobility and a more natural feeling knee.

“The robotic technology allows me to treat patients with osteoarthritis of the knee at earlier stages and with greater precision,” said Dr. Carter. “Because it is bone sparing and preserves more of the patient’s natural knee, we anticipate that patients will be able to meet their goals of pain relief and improved mobility and be able to return to their daily activities much faster.”

Through its innovative use of technology, MAKOplasty® takes partial knee resurfacing to a new level of precision.  The RIO® system enables the surgeon to complete a patient specific pre-surgical plan that details the technique for bone preparation and customized implant positioning using a CT scan of the patient’s knee. During the procedure, the system creates a three-dimensional, virtual view of the patient’s bone surface and correlates the image to the pre-programmed surgical plan.  As the surgeon uses the robotic arm, its tactile, auditory and visual feedback limits the bone preparation to the diseased areas and provides for real time adjustments and more optimal implant positioning and placement.

“For the best outcome, alignment and precise positioning of the implants are key,” said Dr. Carter.  “The RIO® provides that level of precision in both the pre-operative planning process and in the operating suite.”

The opportunity for early intervention is important as osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and a leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

For more information, please call 889-CARE(2273) or visit www.bshr.com/MAKOplasty.

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Monday, January 28 at 6:30 p.m.
Mary Immaculate Health Resource Center
2 Bernardine Drive, Newport News
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Wednesday, February 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Virginia Beach Central Library
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Anthony Carter, MD, FAAOS

About Dr. Anthony Carter
Dr. Anthony Carter, a native of Peabody, Massachusetts, attended Boston University graduating Summa Cum Laude with distinction. He was recognized as a Commonwealth Scholar and became an inductee of Phi Beta Kappa. He gained early acceptance into Boston University School of Medicine, graduating with honors and as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Carter completed his internship and residency at NYU/Bellevue Medical Center.

Upon completion of his internship/residency, he spent three years at Langley Air Force Base as a staff orthopaedic surgeon which included a tour of duty overseas as part of Operation Restore Hope in Somalia. Dr. Carter joined Hampton Roads Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in 1995. He is a Board Certified orthopaedic surgeon and a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Carter is the Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Mary Immaculate Hospital and has been the Dean of the Health Academy.

His special interests lie in sports medicine and minimally invasive tissue sparing total joint replacements.  Dr. Carter instructs nationally and internationally on total hip replacements using the muscle sparing anterior approach and he is currently pioneering the technique for hip resurfacing using the same muscle sparing anterior approach. He was the first orthopaedic surgeon to perform the “Jiffy Hip” in Virginia.  . He has been featured in MD News and Outpatient Surgery Magazine for his work in these areas. Hampton Roads Magazine recognized Dr. Carter as a top 10 “Top Doc” in orthopaedic surgery.

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